Monroe County Community College has extended the deadline for current and future students to apply for $400,000 of scholarship funding available for awards for the 2021-22 academic year to March 22, 2021. The one-time, online scholarship application can be found at www.monroeccc.edu/scholarships. By completing the single application students will potentially and automatically be considered for dozens of scholarships.
“We know that our current and prospective students continue to struggle financially so we are extending the scholarship deadline to give these students every opportunity to receive the help they so desperately need to succeed," said Dr. Joshua W. Myers, executive director of The Foundation at MCCC. "We are fortunate to have so many generous donors who are concerned for the wellbeing of our students, and we want to be sure students have every opportunity to achieve their higher education goals.”
Over 200 different scholarships are available in varying amounts from $500 to scholarships that cover all tuition and fees for two years at MCCC. Not all scholarships are need-based or require a high-grade point averages or full-time status. Many are program specific and offered in traditional and technical career training programs. “Donors who contribute to The Foundation make it possible for us to fund such a wide variety of scholarships in all of the college’s over 60 areas of study, including students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges after completing their studies at MCCC,” said Myers.
"Many of the federal or state-funded grant programs do not allow students to use their awards on things like lab fees, books or other supplies and equipment that some programs require. This is where a privately funded scholarships like those The Foundation and its donors can provide can make a big difference in a student's final cost of education," explained Myers. “I encourage anyone who is considering attending MCCC in the fall to complete a scholarship application by the extended deadline.”
All a student needs to apply for scholarships is their student email and seven-digit student identification number, which they will be assigned after completing the free MCCC Application for Admission, which is also available online (www.monroeccc.edu using the “Apply” tab on the homepage).
Students can complete their scholarship application in as little as 20 minutes but are encouraged to take their time to ensure a complete and accurate submission. The college also offers some suggestions for students preparing to apply for scholarships.
- Write responses to the short essay questions in Microsoft Word prior to filling out the application form so clean, edited versions of the essay can be ‘cut and paste’ into the digital application.
- There are three short essay questions, one that is required and two others that are highly recommended for completion:
- Essay highlighting educational and career goals.
- Essay listing and describing school and community service activities.
- Essay describing any financial hardships, events or circumstances that have been overcome or are currently being faced.
- Thoroughly completing the application before submitting it is important as each question may qualify the student for additional scholarships. The application process does allow for saving drafts prior to final submission.
“We strongly encourage students to also complete the FAFSA (at www.fafsa.gov) as soon as they can, along with applying for scholarships from MCCC.” said Dr. Valerie Culler, director of financial aid for MCCC. “We work with students as much as possible to identify sources of financial aid (www.monroeccc.edu/aid) that will help them with the cost of a college education. Scholarships are a great resource of course. It is important for students to understand there are other opportunities, too, such as federal and state grants, scholarships from the college and other organizations, work study and lastly loans, but students have to apply.” Students can call 734-384-4135 for more information.